Friday, October 30, 2020

Spectrum and AMC Partner on Drama 'Beacon 23' Created by Zak Penn

Spectrum and AMC have today partnered on the original drama series Beacon 23 based on the novel by Hugh Howey. Spectrum will have the first-run rights for a nine-month window before the series moves to AMC for its second window.

Set in the darkest recesses of space, the series is a suspenseful thriller and love story, where two people are trapped in a lighthouse at the end of the known universe.

Zak Penn (Ready Player One) developed the drama. He will executive produce with Ira Steven Behr, Katie O'Connell Marsh and Elisa Ellis. Spectrum Originals, AMC Networks and Platform One Media will produce.

"The notion of a lighthouse in outer space grabbed me the second I looked at the cover of Hugh Howey's Beacon 23," said Penn. "Once I read all the other pages, I knew I had a story I could translate to another medium. For the past two years, with Hugh's help and the generous indulgence of our wonderful partners at Spectrum Originals, Platform One Media and AMC, I've been able to assemble an incredible group of scientists, astronauts, and many of my ideal collaborators to help create an entire universe for this show. It's a very exciting project for me, and I'm glad to be working again with Ira Behr, one of the best minds in television, and definitely the best beard."

"Beacon 23 is a series in a class all its own - it's a thriller, it's a love story, it's a character drama, it's a sci-fi exploration of our own interconnectivity and disconnection, and it's been beautifully adapted by the brilliant Zak Penn," added Katherine Pope, Head of Spectrum Originals. "We have the perfect partners in Platform One Media and AMC to help Zak bring this series to life."

"Fantastic IP. The great Zak Penn creating and showrunning. Amazing partners in Spectrum Originals and Platform One Media. We can't wait to bring this iconic and compelling series to life," said Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming, AMC Networks Entertainment Group.